In tough financial times, a lot of people try to cut costs when they can so it’s no wonder they want to know where to find a cheap futon that’s still of good quality.  Well, before I get into that, I must say there are a few things you have to consider before buying a futon mattress. Essentially it is very important that you understand exactly what the futon is going to be used for and how much it’s going to be used. These two points can essentially determine whether you can get away with a cheap futon or if you need to spend the extra money on the best futon your budget can possibly afford you.  If you’re looking for something that can suffice as your main sleeping surface as well as a couch, you will probably want a better quality, more expensive futon that’s going to last you for years to come.  Conversely, if you’re just looking for something that will work both ways but primarily serves as a sofa, you can probably afford to go a little on the cheaper side. Understanding this will help better determine the type of futon you actually need versus what you want to pay.

It’s also important (to some, not all) to have the appropriate design that matches and fits into the living space the futon will eventually occupy. Make sure you do the measurements and ask yourself what type of design or color best fits your personal tastes. Do as much as or as little as you like to meet your futon needs, but please, understand what those needs are first.

Money is often the most important thing to consider when purchasing something for your home but let’s not try to make this too difficult of a purchase. Based on your needs, read this cheap futon buying guide and best picks futon mattress list on Foamglobes, set yourself a reasonable budget that can still offer you a decent futon mattress and stick to it! Now that you know exactly what it is you need and what are looking for, you can start searching for that futon.

There are several different places to look for good quality cheap futon mattresses but finding the right places may be a task in itself. Here are a few tips that should make your futon shopping experience more pleasurable and efficient:

Buy Online

I find browsing a good online store like Amazon is an excellent way to narrow your search. You can check prices, read reviews, gain knowledge on what makes a good futon (hopefully you’ve found this here!), get an overall better perspective on what’s out there, and even buy one right online. Either way, a great medium for the hunt and probably the most efficient.

Buy Used

Sometimes finding the right new futon at the right price is difficult. Buying a lightly used futon can be a great alternative. You could ask your friends or family if they know of anyone selling one or look for one at yard sales, thrift stores, newspaper classifieds, or sites that sell used furniture. Buying used could end up saving you a lot of money but be sure to exercise caution and know exactly what you’re buying.  Most important is the age of the futon (ideally less than 2 years old), how often it was used, whether it was exposed to pets, and whether it was kept in a well-ventilated area.

Furniture Stores

Often times new furniture stores to have storage rooms with previous models or discount futon inventory. Ask the furniture salesman if they have anything you could look at. There just might be something waiting for you behind closed doors. There are also discount furniture stores that sell only discount items that still might be of great quality. Look online to find out just where these stores are and see if they have something that fits your needs. Some furniture stores may also negotiate a price, let you lease or even make monthly payments if the product is not in your immediate price range.

Places to Avoid

When looking for a quality futon for an affordable price, there will be places that do not meet the quality criteria. For example, you should avoid large box stores when buying large pieces of furniture including futons. Furniture from large chain stores can often suffer from poor design, be very uncomfortable, and be generally low in quality. They may seem like good value at the time but in the long run, will wind up costing you more as you’ll likely need to replace it after a few years.  So do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time or money at these places.  Remember as well to consider the cost of gasoline to get to some of these stores; don’t drive 200 miles to get a deal on a $200 futon!

Hopefully, this post helps outline the fact that while a finding a decent affordable futon is good, buying one just because it’s cheap is not.  Consider all the factors involved before laying down your hard-earned cash.  You might think you’re saving money buying a cheap futon mattress but if the quality isn’t there, you’ll be kicking yourself for years to come instead what you should be doing: sleeping.

The Cheap and High-Quality Futon Sofa Bed – Versatility At Its Best

I truly believe one of the greatest inventions in furniture is the futon sofa bed; being so versatile, they really are an ideal choice for anyone who needs extra sleeping space but is lacking extra living space. Comfortable and affordable, futon sofa beds come in a variety of styles and materials to seamlessly blend with any decor. Here are the three main traits I like to look for in a futon sofa:Cheap and High-Quality Futon Sofa Bed

Organic

For those individuals who are eco-minded like me, futon mattresses come in a wide range of organic choices. Natural cotton and wool mattress pads are created from renewable resources. A soy-based foam core provides support with yet another renewable resource, proving that one need not sacrifice comfort in order to reduce one’s carbon footprint. As these are all-natural fibers, when the useful lifespan of the mattress is over, the mattress is biodegradable and will not take up room in a landfill.

Organic futon covers complete the eco-friendly ensemble without sacrificing comfort or beauty. Natural woven bamboo is an excellent choice, coming in a range of soft, creamy shades. Pure cotton with a high-thread count looks beautiful in its natural cream, or it can be dyed into any pattern or hue with a variety of natural dyes and water-based pigments.

Comfortable

One of the most important things to ensure is that the futon sofa bed has a sturdy and supporting frame. Traditional beds have a mattress and box springs to support the weight. Futons do not. The frame should be solid and have a sufficient number of slats to provide adequate support and prevent the mattress from sagging.  If you are aiming to use the futon sofa more like a bed and less as a functioning sofa, consider one that either has no arms or has removable arms. This style will feel more like a regular bed and less like a child’s crib with the sides raised.

Futon sofa beds also offer a number of different settings. In addition to sitting and sleeping, many futons are adjustable in set increments to allow for reclining. Additionally, ensure that the futon fits into the space allocated for it yet is also suitable for the individual using it. People accustomed to sleeping on a king size mattress will not be very comfortable on a futon that opens up to the size of an army cot.

Functional

A futon sofa bed should very easily convert from a futon mattress into a futon couch within seconds. That being said, some can be finicky or downright difficult for the average person to maneuver which to me defeats the whole convenience of having a futon couch in the first place. Thus, if you’re able to view one in a local store, try converting it from bed to sofa and vice versa; if it doesn’t convert easily, move on to another model that does.  The last thing a tired person needs at the end of a long day is to struggle with a recalcitrant futon. Also, regarding placement, ensure the futon has plenty of clearance from the wall or that the futon is designed to pull away from the wall to prevent any accidental damage from occurring.

Lastly, if storage space is at a premium, look for a futon couch that has built-in storage compartments. Many futon sofas are adroit at concealing additional storage with compartments or magazine racks in the armrests and sometimes even under the sofa.